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Maine Sen. Collins to say Friday if she will run for governor

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October 10. 2017 8:23PM
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) walks to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington in July. (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo)

Susan Collins, one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the U.S. Senate, is expected to announce on Friday whether she will run for governor of Maine next year in what would be a bid to replace conservative Gov. Paul LePage.

A Collins spokeswoman confirmed she plans to declare her intentions for the gubernatorial race following months of speculation on whether the four-term senator would be willing to leave the Senate, where she has played a pivotal role.

Last month, Collins was one of only three Republican senators to publicly announce her opposition to a bill repealing the “Obamacare” healthcare law and replacing it with more a limited plan.

LePage, also a Republican, is barred by state law from seeking another term.

If Collins decides to run, she could keep her Senate seat while campaigning. Her term as senator expires at the end of 2020.

Maine’s attorney general, Janet Mills, has said she is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

New timeline in shooting raises questions on police response

Las Vegas police faced new questions on Tuesday about their response to this month’s mass shooting at an outdoor concert, a day after a county sheriff disclosed the gunman shot a security guard before, not after, opening fire on a concert crowd below his window at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Aden Ocampo-Gomez said the office will respond later to questions involving police response time to the shooting that killed dozens of people at an outdoor concert.

On Monday, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo disclosed that gunman Stephen Paddock shot a hotel security guard responding to a door alarm near his 32nd-floor suite six minutes before he began firing out his window. Officials initially said Paddock shot the security guard after he began raining bullets down on the crowd.

Paddock, 64, killed 58 people and injured hundreds, before fatally shooting himself as police responded. Nine days later, his motive remained a mystery.

Lombardo did not address whether the mass shooting could have been prevented based on the new timeline, but said it was unclear why Paddock stopped firing on the concert.

In an active shooter situation, response time can be as fast as three minutes, said Sid Heal, a retired Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department commander and tactical expert. He questioned why it took police so long to reach the room if hotel security immediately called them.

From Wire Reports


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